The launch of Intel’s control chips will accelerate the company’s ability to design, test, and optimize a commercially viable quantum computer
Intel Labs announced the launch of the cryogenic control chip called “Horse Ridge”, aiming to accelerate the development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits and set a clear path toward the mount of larger systems.
Then, researchers have been focused on building small-scale quantum systems to demonstrate the quantum devices’ potential. These devices are often requiring hundreds of connective wires to control the quantum processor.
Along with Horse Ridge, Intel simplifies the control electronics that operate a quantum system. A highly integrated chip brings the bit controls into the cryogenic refrigerator — as close as possible to the qubits. This way, it reduces hundreds of cables to a single unified package operating near the quantum device. Horse Ridge also translates the instructions into electromagnetic microwave pulses that can manipulate the state of the qubits.